Vic Hadfield
Vic Hadfield.JPG
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (0 m)
174 lb (79 kg)
Teams New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born October 4 1940 (1940-10-04) (age 79),
Oakville, ON, CAN
Pro Career 19611977

Vic Edward Hadfield (born 4 October, 1940 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey player.

Playing Career[edit | edit source]

One of the most popular players in New York Rangers history, Hadfield had a sixteen year career in the NHL, tallying 323 goals and 389 assists with 1154 penalty minutes in 1002 career games with the Rangers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. His younger brother, Carl, was a 1964 draft choice by the Chicago Blackhawks.

With teammates Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert, he was a member of the famous GAG (goal-a-game) line.

The career of Lou Fontinato was ended, March 9, 1963.

Lou Fontinato's career came to a tragic end March 9, 1963 when he tried to check Vic Hadfield and instead was thrown headlong into the boards by the Ranger player. Fontinato lay motionless on the ice for some time before being carried off the ice on a stretcher and taken to Montreal General Hospital where the diagnosis was a fractured neck, a crushed cervical vertebra. He gradually recovered from his paralyzed condition, but would never play hockey again.

Vic now owns the Vic Hadfield Driving Range and instructional center in rural Oakville (corner of Burnhamthorpe and Trafalgar Roads).

Career Highlights[edit | edit source]

  • First 50-goal season in Rangers history (1971-72 season).
  • Led Rangers to their first Stanley Cup finals in 22 years (1972).
  • Played for Canada in the 1972 Summit Series.

Career Statistics[edit | edit source]

  Regular Season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1961-62 New York RangersNHL443142240002
1962-63 New York RangersNHL36561132----------
1963-64 New York RangersNHL69141125151----------
1964-65 New York RangersNHL70182038102----------
1965-66 New York RangersNHL67161935112----------
1966-67 New York RangersNHL6913203380410117
1967-68 New York RangersNHL592019394561236
1968-69 New York RangersNHL7326406610842132
1969-70 New York RangersNHL7120345469----------
1970-71 New York RangersNHL632222443813851346
1971-72 New York RangersNHL78505610614216791622
1972-73 New York RangersNHL6328346260922411
1973-74 New York RangersNHL772728557561010
1974-75 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL783142737294260
1975-76 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL7630356546310111
1976-77 Pittsburgh PenguinsNHL90220----------
16 SeasonsNHL Total 1002323389712115474272148117

Awards & Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1960)
  • NHL Second All-Star Team (1972)
  • Played in NHL All-Star Game (1965, 1972)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]


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